I love sleep. In fact, alongside things like breathing and eating, my association with sleep is one of my longest relationships. Including my time in the womb, you’re looking at a good 32 years worth of being in the Land of Nod. As a rough estimate, that’s got to be around 140,000 hours of sleep – 100,000 of which probably came during my teenage and Uni years!
As you’d expect, having a kid has impacted my sleep. Days generally start earlier than they used to and there are more frequent wake ups in the middle of the night. I can’t really complain though as some parents have it loads worse than we do. For us, things have been pretty cyclical – for every 6.30am wake up I’ve had, there’s also been an 8.00am one. If she wakes during the night, it’s usually just for a drink and then she goes straight back to sleep. Slightly annoying, but totally manageable.
As Silentnight ambassadors for 2016, the sleep experts kindly sent us a load of stuff to adorn our recently acquired Miraform bed and mattress. This included a duvet, pillows, a mattress protector, pillow protectors and bed linen from their wide range of bedding. Even though I might not get as much asleep as I used to, I may as well enjoy the hours that I do get in a luxurious setting!
We’ve had the Silentnight bedding for approaching two months now, so we’ve had plenty of opportunity to try them out. Let me share my thoughts as I take you on an exciting and magical journey as I make the bed with the new bedding…
Unless you’re a bit weird or have no idea what you’re doing, the first step to making a bed is to put on a mattress protector. We were provided with the Silentnight Quilted Mattress Protector in a King size so that’d fit our bed. This is made from a soft polycotton cover, has an extra deep 100% hollowfibre filling, is deep fitted skirt for a snug fit, is non-allergenic and is machine washable at 40°C.
I know some people don’t use a mattress protector, but my preference is always to have one on the bed. I’ve not done any scientific tests myself – obviously – but it always feels to me like a mattress protector helps with things like bed bugs and associated allergies, whilst keeping the mattress in a better condition.
Not only does the Silentnight quilted mattress protector do both of these, but its padded design adds extra comfort, warmth and support. The material used also screams of quality – for too long, we’ve made do with cheap mattress protectors which bobble and tear after repeated use.
I found that the Silentnight mattress protector was easy to fit. Whereas some protectors just sit on the top of the mattress, this one stretches over the mattress and down the side – much like a fitted sheet. This is where you can really tell that it has 30cm deep skirts – this means that it comfortably fits around the edges of the mattress and tucks under to stop it springing out of place. The quilted mattress protector costs £14.99.
The next item of bedding we were sent was the Silentnight Egyptian Cotton Fitted Sheet in white. Despite the packaging saying “double” this is actually a King size. If you thought this was a mistake, you’d only be partially correct – the reason being that this product was not on the market when it was sent to me, so the packaging was a mock up rather than the final design. How’s that for an exclusive?
With its superior quality and enhanced price tag, I doubt it’ll come as a surprise to many of you that I’ve never owned Egyptian cotton before. I’ve always tended to buy bog standard bedding – you know the stuff I mean, those with plenty of polyester added to the mix.
With a thread count of 180, the Egyptian cotton sheet certainly feels softer than our usual budget purchases. I’m not going to compare it to something like ‘sleeping on a cloud’ as, ultimately, a sheet is just a sheet, but you can tell a difference. It is certainly smoother than rougher polyester sheets – although the better quality still isn’t going to make me iron our bedding like my mum and grandma do with theirs. Weirdos!
As you’d expect from a fitted sheet, it has elasticated edges to ensure that it fits around the mattress. As our Miraform mattress is quite deep, I was surprised that this sheet comfortably fits around and under the mattress so that it doesn’t pop off in the night. The fitted sheet costs £16.00.
The next item for our bed was the Silentnight Just Like Down Microfibre Pillows, which come in a pack of two. We were sent two of these packs, so if you’ve been practising your two times table, that means we had
six four pillows. Obviously you don’t use the pillows just on their own, so we also had two pairs of Silentnight Anti-Allergy Pillow Protectors and a pair of Silentnight Egyptian Cotton Pillow Cases. Still with me? Good.
Recently, both the missus and I have realised that our pillows are well passed their best. The once soft, springy and fluffy pillows had become a shadow of their former selves. They were uncomfortable, flat and occasionally I woke with a crick in my neck as a direct result of how I was sleeping. So these replacements were very timely.
I’m used to pillows with feathers, so was a little unsure about whether hollowfibre would be good enough for my precious head. However, I’ve actually got on really well with these Silentnight pillows. Despite having a man-made fibre filling, I’ve actually found them to be very comfortable – in part because of the ample filling. They are also non-allergenic and washable, plus you don’t have any stupid feathers poking you in the eyes. I’ve found that I can’t manipulate the pillow as much as with a feather one, but I’m still a fan. They cost £18.99 for a pack of two.
As mentioned, these have been used with anti-allergy pillow protectors which are designed to prolong the life of the pillow, whilst protecting against dust mites and bacteria. It’s difficult to know how good these are because I don’t have allergies so haven’t been able to tell a difference, but I feel happier using something like this. They are made from smooth polycotton, simply slip over the pillow and cost £10.99 for two.
Over the top of these, we have the Egyptian cotton 180 thread count pillow cases, which match the fitted sheet I talked about above. As per the sheet, the fabric is really soft, gives a luxury feel to the pillows and wash well. There’s not much more I can add than that!
Lastly, we have the duvet on the top, which is a Silentnight Hotel Collection Duvet. It’s a 10.5 tog in King size, so is described as being ideal for spring and autumn usage. The duvet really feels good quality, particularly when compared to supermarket own brand ones we’ve bought previously. It features a soft embossed microfibre cover and fibre filling, whilst also being hypoallergenic, machine washable and coming with a five-year manufacturer’s guarantee.
We used the duvet – with a duvet cover, obvs – for about a week, but soon had to change it back for our lower tog one. Our room can get pretty hot and stuffy, so using a thicker duvet during some of the hottest days of the year probably wasn’t wise. During these few days of usage though, I can confirm that it most certainly retains heat and provides warmth. I imagine this will be ideal for the winter months or when I’ve done something to annoy the missus and she gives me the cold shoulder. The Silentnight duvet costs £34.
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N.B. I am a Brand Ambassador for Silentnight. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the products. The bedding was sent to me by Silentnight with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the products.
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